Dan Whitehouse: Reflections on the Glass AgeExploring the fragile layer between digital and emotional life BOOK NOW
7.30pm, Thursday 20 April 2023
Studio 30, Dartington Trust, South Devon
£12. Members discount applies automatically at checkout
About this event
Singer-songwriter/guitarist Dan Whitehouse explores the thin and fragile layer between digital and emotional life with insightful songs reflecting on how much of our human experience and expression is now mediated through the looking glass of virtual communication.
“I think we need to acknowledge the value and validity of both: face-to-face hugs, holding hands, a sunrise waltz – or a digital wave with a daft doggy-ear filter on. The tears behind the screen are just as real.”
Presenting his glacial masterpiece ‘The Glass Age’ and that album’s stripped back acoustic sequel ‘Reflections On The Glass Age’, expect to experience the “people and connection rippling through these songs” (Arts Culture Mag) in this emotive live event.
Campfire kicks off with the immortal couplet ‘When you change the way you look at things / The things you look at start to change’. Rainbows Never End is an emotive tear-jerker about Dan’s little boy. The Thin Blue Line uses a searing metaphor about explorers trapped under Antarctic permafrost to evoke icy long-distance longing.
Learning how to thrive under a new paradigm, and harnessing newfound techniques to focus on self-care and embracing his inner artist, Dan Whitehouse is today an artist at the very peak of his powers.
The night will include a selection from Dan’s fine back catalogue of six solo albums, including the recent radio ballads style ‘Voices From The Cones’: real life stories of history and community of glassmaking in the Black Country.
“Dan has an outstanding singing voice, possesses a unique artistic vision and displays songwriting excellence.” – Chris Difford
“Wonderful production and writing” – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
“Perhaps Mr Whitehouse’s greatest gift is his knack for writing seemingly simple songs that most listeners will be able to relate to.” – Maverick
“Subtle and delicate melodies” – The Sunday Times
“Nothing short of beautiful – ★★★★” – RnR Magazine
“Devotees of inventive, imaginative music-making should enjoy the new offerings from the excellent Dan Whitehouse.” – Morning Star
“For an album partly inspired by distance, barriers and locked-down-ness, people and connection ripple through The Glass Age.” – Arts Culture Magazine
“… an earworm chorus hook that should send a luminous glow through Radio 2.” – Mike Davies
“A seven track meditation on the way human experience and connecting has changed through the medium of virtual communication.” – folking.com
“Maybe one day social historians will document the cultural impacts of screens and instant communication. When they do this album should be mentioned as it sums up this Zeitgeist better than anything I’ve heard”. – FATEA
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